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Global Geodetic Observing System

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GGOS is the Observing System of the International Association of Geodesy (IAG). It works with IAG components to provide the geodetic infrastructure necessary for monitoring the Earth system and for global change research. It provides observations of the three fundamental geodetic observables and their variations, that is, the Earth's shape, the Earth's gravity field and the Earth's rotational motion. GGOS integrates different geodetic techniques, models, and approaches in order to ensure a long-term, precise monitoring of the geodetic observables in agreement with the Integrated Global Observing Strategy. It provides the observational basis to maintain a stable, accurate, and global reference frame and in this function is crucial for all Earth observation and many practical applications. GGOS acts as the interface between the geodetic services and external users such as the Group on Earth Observation and United Nations authorities. It contributes to the Global Earth Observing System of Systems (GEOSS) not only with the accurate reference frame required for many components of GEOSS but also with observations related to the global hydrological cycle, the dynamics of atmosphere and oceans, and natural hazards and disasters. A major goal is to ensure the interoperability of the services and GEOSS. With this, the geodetic community can provide the global geosciences community with a powerful tool consisting mainly of high quality services, standards and references, and of theoretical and observational innovations. The GGOS Portal is currently under development. It will provide a unique access point to all geodetic products. Thus, the Portal will emphasize Geodesy´s contribution to Earth Observation for assessing geohazards and reducing disaster. The Portal will consist of the GGOS Website and the portal itself, comprising geoportal components like a clearinghouse, a map viewer, and a metadata editor.

Member Profile

Organization Name Global Geodetic Observing System
Membership Type Partner Member
Member Since 15 Jan 2016
Organization Website
Host Organization Name German Federal Agency for Cartography and Geodesy (BKG)
Representative Name HansJörg Kutterer
Address Federal Agency for Cartography and Geodesy Richard-Strauss-Allee 11 60598 Frankfurt am Main
Network Affiliation N/A

Updated:03 Aug 2016